dual flush public toilet

Promoting plain language in public toilets

dual flush public toiletWhen engineers and technical writers tackle instructions for public toilets, someone may have to step up and provide some plain-language, every-man translations!

Up for pee, down for poop. Simple! Spotted in a highway rest stop, kudos to the anonymous, water-aware doo-gooder that added the simplified Sharpie version to the dual flush toilet instructions provided.

Note to technical types: if your toilet how-to needs a schematic drawing, the instructions likely need editing!

Note to everyone else: An easy mnemonic for these devices: remember to PUSH for number 2! And the handle as well!

sign graffiti on dual flush public toilet

4 replies
  1. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Many toilets in homes in Europe have this option – a half flush for pee and a full flush for poop. While I was living in Switzerland, I saw a commercial on TV in French that showed me that these instructions translate across languages. In the commercial, a real-estate agent was showing a couple a house. When he showed them the toilet, he pointed to the two buttons and said, “La pee-pee. La poo-poo.”

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